Today is the two year anniversary of my father in laws passing...Julius Schneider...which is hard to grasp, time really moves fast. He treated me like a real daughter..he told me I was no longer a Pace, I was a Schneider now..and I loved him with all my heart. He was 95, almost 96, and he was living with us the last few months of his life..it was an honor to take care of him. The day he left I was sitting next to him waiting for the coroner to arrive and I thought, Oh my, I should take his hearing aids out and realized he still had his watch on...he NEVER took his watch off, even to bathe...so I quickly unlatched it and put it on my wrist so I wouldn't misplace it..it's still on my wrist today. He bought season tickets to the Oakland A's so we could go together and it became "our time" for three years...He spent holidays with us and whenever I would call and say, Dad plan to come stay for a few days, he would simply say, "Okay, see you in a bit" and that was that...until he moved to the retirement village, then he would say, "Can't do it this week, got a HoDown to go to!"..he was happy in the end. My husband lost his best and closest friend that day. Ray took amazing care of his father in the last few months. He bathed him and dressed him every day...it was precious to witness the love between them...I will forever miss him with all my heart...to Julius!
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Monday, January 16, 2017
In case you were not here..which is really sad...I just gave one of the best parties I've ever had, bar none! It was probably the best party of our life in this home, save for our wedding of course...what a night!! Friends came to celebrate my best friend, who also happens to be my husband. He turns 65 this coming Wednesday, but we took advantage of the long weekend to have a semi-surprise party for him. All our kids were here, best friends, old friends, new friends and neighbors...it was just perfection! It began at seven and most guests left between one-thirty and two!! My girls and I danced until three, then we hung out in the den for a bit before everyone went to bed. Guitars, bongos and music, singalong for hours..amazing!...I was so wound up because I didn't sleep the night before, so I was beyond tired, but I put a little Sex and The City in my computer, laid in bed, and lulled myself to sleep at four-thirty, while my husband snored away. Woke up early the next day and went downstairs to begin the massive clean up...began coffee and a great breakfast...I had a very special silent moment when I peered through the window into the den and saw the kids all curled up under mounds of blankets sleeping...it truly touched my heart as I thought of the future and a time when that will not be happening anymore, as life moves on. So without further ado...my dear sweet Ray and his spectacular 65th birthday party...!! And yes, the Xmas tree was still up, until just a few moments ago...new post to follow!
In the end, it was just a lovely lovely evening...couldn't have asked for anything better, other than the few people who couldn't make it. The food was great, and I've been told the German Chocolate cake I made was life altering..!! Ha...in the meantime, I can't thank everyone enough for making this such a joyous and perfect occasion for my best best friend...Ray Schneider!! Thx to my besties who were present...xoxoxo always my love to you!
|My daughter in law was totally into the music!|
|my silly kids tied balloons to their heads |
and danced around
|getting ready to call it a night..at 3:30 in the morning...|
|the next day at nine-thirty...too sweet in my book!|
|Major clean up!!|
|tired Louie..and Byron, watching the game.|
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
|Ray and his best girlfriend Mark...geez these two!|
|Kenz and Alex|
|There are no words for Byron!|
So we'll start with the pink/orange tree...my favorite this year! We choose some really unique trees this time...super spaced out and long strange limbs going every which way..very organic, and very blue...really really pretty! So this gave me some strong sturdy branches to hang multiples, which of course is my signature thing to do..that and the ribbons. This first tree is in our den, or my room as it's called, and it's all vintage, every single last ornament...and it's my favorite tree thus far! I start with pale baby pink and work down to medium pink, hot pink, dark pink to orange gold in to orange at the bottom...it's truly spectacular!
|My new acquisition direct center...from my daughter |
on Xmas...large vintage pink with kitties
playing musical instruments...it's the best ever!
|The sunlight pouring in the room |
would highlight the ornaments
in an amazing way...doesn't really
show as lovely here...but still beautiful.
Now on to the Turquoise tree....this one is really organic in shape..truly all branchy and spacey so you can really see the ornaments...this one is turquoise, claret, wine, purple, a bit of bronze and mossy green, with the new addition of pearl white and only turquoise lights, soooo pretty at night...looking forward to adding more to this tree in the coming years.
So we had our big Xmas party with tons of friends, loads of food, (which I might add was gone before you knew it, one of my better spreads), and of course the Xmas Choir! AND a happy birthday song to me...and my friend Dave who celebrates on the 25th as well...what a way to party!
|Getting ready for "They say it's your birthday" |
by the Beatles..our traditional chair dancing song!
That's Dave in white next to me..we did it proud!
|The "gals" ready for dancing music to commence! |
And boy did it ever...
|Our kids! (minus Tay who is on the dance floor)|
|It's just a trippy photo of our daughter in law!|
|The three snowmen hanging from the |
chandelier and one big one center, handing from
his tree...I freaking LOVE my snowmen!
|I only got four stockings done this |
year...more to come!
|I know this is dark, however, it's the only |
photo I have on Xmas day...celebrating my
birthday and my new Stetson!!
But in the end....the love you take is equal to the love you make....xoxoxo always to my besties ...mucho love, juners!